Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) “unveiled a bill Wednesday to cement Washington’s engagement with strife-torn Sudan through a January 2011 referendum that could see the South claim its independence,” the AFP reports.
Here are some things the bill does according to the article:
- “offers US help to achieve the goals of a 2005 peace agreement between north and south Sudan that ended two decades of civil war, during which about two million people were killed”
- “calls for certain types of US aid for security forces and civil aviation in Southern Sudan but requires progress on good governance and accountability in return”
- “called for naming a ‘full-time, senior official’ — in addition to an existing Sudan ‘special envoy’ post — to help bolster fractious peace talks between the Sudanese government in Khartoum and rebel groups in Darfur”
- “says oil shipped from Southern Sudan may transit northward without being subject to US sanctions in some cases, and calls on Washington to work with international partners to ensure the referendum goes smoothly and humanitarian aid flows to areas in need”
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